Cotton Bowl Matchup: Inside the Numbers

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DALLAS — Kansas State and Arkansas are no strangers to the Cotton Bowl. K-State is 1-1 all time in the Classic. Arkansas is 3-7-1.

No. 8 Kansas State and No. 6 Arkansas account for the highest ranked teams to face off in the Cotton Bowl since 1994. The two schools haven’t played each other since 1967, but K-State leads the all time series 3-1.

Both offenses have strengths that could pose problems for the other side.

Quarterback Colin Klein and the Wildcats rank 25th in rushing with 193 yards per game. The Arkansas Razorbacks rank 79th in rushing defense. QB Tyler Wilson and the Razorbacks rank 13th in passing with 307 yards per game. K-State’s pass defense is ranked 104th.

This is the 15th bowl game for Kansas State. They are 6-8 all time in post-season play. It will be the 39th bowl appearance for Arkansas, with an all time post-season record of 12-23-3.

For the past thirteen years, the Cotton Bowl has been a Big 12 vs. SEC series. The SEC is 8-5 against the Big 12 since the series began.

The Big 12 holds the all time series advantage over the SEC in bowl games with a record of 48-45-3.

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